Are black actors only awarded for 'black roles'?

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Chiwetel Ejofor in a scene from

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Chiwetel Ejofor in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." (Jaap Buitendijk/AP)

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Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave. Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station. And Forest Whitaker for Lee Daniel's The Butler.

These are four black actors generating serious Oscar buzz -- and if the predictions are right, we may see more black Academy Award nominees in a single year than ever before. The possibility has many celebrating, but others argue that Hollywood continues to pigeonhole black talent.

Huffington Post's Kia Makarechi argues, "the fact that [actors of colour are] generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not have been given to white actors is cause for concern."

He joins Jian to discuss what he sees as Hollywood's race problem, why it's even worse for leading black actresses, and what it might take for films and film awards to equally recognize all actors.



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